|My (relatively) new and extremely fun gel blush.|
Being painfully pale, if I don’t wear a blush product I can look ill. When I was very young, rouging my cheeks wasn’t necessary because one could say almost anything to me and I could feel that dreaded natural flush creeping on to my cheeks.
Later, while still youthful and dewy (ahem), I pinched my cheeks — economical, but stupid.
One of the benefits of maturity is that it takes a master of the inappropriate to shock me these days. Therefore artifice oblige, and as is always the case when it comes to cosmetics we have waaaay too many product choices and as a result, I’ve found, considerably more opportunities to choose the wrong one.
Several months ago while perusing the makeup displays at Monoprix, I discovered Nude Magique BB Blush from L’Oreal. Intrigued, I bought the little tube of, as the company promises: A universal blush that provides an instant flush of color reflecting the texture and glow of a perfect nude complexion.
True enough. Out of the tube the product is a deep pink gel that self-adjusts to the skin’s pH thus giving, we are told, “a natural glow specific to your skin tone.”
I’m taking L’Oreal at its word, i.e. “universal” — the gel comes in one color and supposedly gives the natural dewy blush we all desire. It did for me, but then it’s not like I’m a huge cosmetic challenge in this category.
My takeaway on the BB blush:
- It’s a mystery, except from a marketing strategy standpoint, why this product would be in the BB family. All it does is give a lovely pinkness to the checks. It offers no other benefits, which is fine by me.
- It’s fun to use. All you need is a half-pea sized squirt on the tip of your index finger.
- It’s easy to apply: Smile at yourself and place the above mentioned half pea on top of your lovely cheekbone. Take your ring finger and gently rub in the gel in a circular motion.
- As a final flourish, extend movement upward toward your temple.
- Unlike other rouge products which involve fingers in the jars and repeated dips of a brush into powder, a gel in a tube is more hygienic.